Wednesday 30 December 2015

Lazer Team - Official TRAILER (2016) - Irina Voronina, Alan Ritchson

Residents of earth receive a coded message from outer space telling them that they are not alone and the galaxy is a dangerous place.

Joy - Review by Carleton Rutter

Directed by: David O. Russell
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

So, in a nutshell?
Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty​.

So, what are my thoughts?
​The last time I saw Jennifer Lawrence, she had finally tracked down President Snow in the final lacklustre chapter of The Hunger Games, here the 25 year-old Oscar winner who hails from Louisville, Kentucky is firmly back on solid ground. Joy which is written as well as directed by David O.Russell, marks the third collaboration with Lawrence. The first two projects being Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Hustle (2013). The movie also marks the fourth time Lawrence as starred alongside Bradley Cooper.

​I'm very glad to say I thoroughly enjoyed Joy. Going in, I really did not know what to expect. The movie is based on the life of Joy Mangano. A mom and housewife who invented the self-wringing Miracle Mop amongst other inventions. It concentrates on her early years as she struggles to get said "mop" launched into the public eye. She faces many barriers and adversities along the way, but ultimately she triumphs and it's great to join her along for the ride.

Front and centre is Jennifer Lawrence who has rightly received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal as this gutsy entrepreneur. She will most likely get a nomination for an Oscar next month as well. She is superb in the lead role. Natural and grounded. She is supported by an excellent cast with the likes of Robert De Niro who plays Rudy her Dad and Bradley Cooper as Neil Walker, the TV exec who gives Joy her first break. The movie also features great performances from Diane Ladd as Mimi, Joy's grandmother and stories narrator. Virginia Madsen as Terry, Joy's soap opera obsessed mom and Isabella Rossellini as Trudy, her dad's girlfriend and ultimate investor of Joy's business.

The movie although essentially a drama does have some nice comedic touches to it. It also looks great and has a good soundtrack to it, and I especially liked the use of flashbacks to tell the story of Joy's childhood and how such things as her parents divorce affected who she was and would become.

​Joy is ultimately a story of determination and not taking "no" for an answer. It serves as an inspiring story to budding entrepreneurs and start-up businesses to never give up and if you have a dream, keep going towards it until it becomes your reality. It may not sound the most exciting of movies and at times in the middle act things do drag their feet a little, but if you are looking for an inspirational story to start your new year off, you won't go wrong with Joy.

My Rating 

I found Joy to be an extremely engaging movie and thanks to not only great direction and writing from O.Russell, but a superb lead turn from Lawrence, I was hooked from start to finish. The movie also looks and sounds great and features and experienced cast who are well used. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but for those of you who take the plunge, I'm sure you will be glad you did.

After somewhat of a roller-coaster year, 2015 finishes off on a positive note - oh Joy!

Joy is released in the UK on January 1st

Joy - Review by Carleton Rutter

Tuesday 29 December 2015

Daddy's Home - Review by Carleton Rutter

Directed by: Sean Anders
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini
Genre: Comedy
​Strapline: "Choose Your Daddy"

So, in a nutshell?
A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best step dad to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their free-wheeling and free-loading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

So, what are my thoughts?
Daddy's Home is the first on-screen pairing of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg since The Other Guys (2010). I enjoyed that movie, I caught it February this year on stream.

Sean Anders the director for this movie was responsible for the screenplay for one of my favourite comedies of the last few years, We're The Millers (2013), ​the movie, Vacation (2015) should have been, but wasn't.

So still recovering from my wife's delicious Christmas Day meal and with this in mind I hauled myself to my usual cinema with the best intentions. I enjoyed Daddy's Home for the most part, it's a nice comedy, just nothing that made my jaw continue to ache after my Christmas Day luncheon.

My main issue with the movie is it never really took off, or came alive. It was too sedate and it would have been served much better by a sharper script.

The movie which doesn't outstay it's welcome at a fast paced 96 mins features good chemistry though between it's lead duo, who continue to prove they are a good on-screen double act. As for Will Ferrell well, he's Will Ferrell. The amiable straight laced slightly anal family guy, this is Ferrell firmly at home, the edges of the envelope are firmly intact. Mark Wahlberg goes toe-for-toe with Farrell on all fronts and steals the show as the confident, swaggering birth father, Dusty Mayron. 

This is firmly a vehicle for its lead duo so all other characters with the possible exception of Ferrell's onscreen wife Sara, (Linda Cardellini) fall by the wayside including a miscast Thomas Hayden-Church (Spiderman 3).

As I said earlier the movie could have been served much better by a sharper script, therefore as a result the movie for the most part is at best mildly funny, it occurred to me whilst watching it how much I wasn't really laughing. Which is a shame as I wanted to like this movie more than I did. It's not particularly gross but it does go a little low brow at times when a smarter script would have kept things more in focus. Also even though they had good chemistry the line between the love/hate relationship between Brad and Dusty was hazier that it needed to be at times.

With the eternally amiable Ferrell at it's heart as well the movie never strays from a predictably happy ending. But what an ending. It's in the movie's final act that the momentum starts to build which culminates in one of the best endings to a comedy in ages. Daddy's Home gets an extra star for that alone. 

Finally, with the movie securing a Christmas release date, you would think that it would have a Christmas setting. However you'd be wrong. Save one scene at Christmas (Which is in May, no need to explain!) the movie is not at all festive. It's the movie's strong central theme of family and kids that is behind it's holiday release.

My Rating

Daddy's Home is an enjoyable rental. Ferrell and Wahlberg show once more that they have good on-screen chemistry and it's nice central theme of family has a sweet heart, that despite it's lack of festive trimmings strangely fits within the season. Save for it's last act and great ending though, the movie as a comedy struggled to break the surface meaning that this is one movie that you can catch at home. It's less Daddy's Home and more Mum's the word. 

Saturday 26 December 2015

THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Official Trailer

While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travelers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all.


Friday 25 December 2015

Deadpool - Red Band Trailer 2

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand

Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice International TV Spot #2 (2016)

Mankind faces a new threat as Batman (Ben Affleck) embarks on a personal vendetta against Superman (Henry Cavill).

Monday 21 December 2015

Competition: Win The Transporter Refuelled [Blu-ray]

The Transporter Refuelled will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 28th December and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on Blu-ray to give away!

Camille Delamarre directs this reboot of the action franchise starring Ed Skrein as ex-special forces mercenary Frank Martin. Now gainfully employed to transport classified packages for private clients, Frank believes he's landed on his feet and can stay comfortably out of harm's way.

However, when he is blackmailed by a group of would-be thieves into helping them bring down a Russian human trafficking operation, it seems Frank has his work cut out for him... The supporting cast includes Loan Chabanol and Ray Stevenson.

Win This:
The Transporter Refuelled [Blu-ray]

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Thursday 17 December 2015

Star Wars The Force Awakens Review by Carleton Rutter

Directed by: J.J Abrams
Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
​Strapline: There is no Strapline, it doesn't need one - it's Star Wars!!


So, in a nutshell?
Set 30 years after the events of The Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens launches a new chapter in this iconic movie franchise.

So, what are my thoughts?
A long time ago, in a city far, far away there was a movie called Star Wars that was released to an adoring public in the summer of 1977. Since that day to this, Star Wars has become the worlds most successful and beloved franchise of all time. There are movies, there are even franchises, but then there is Star Wars.

​​Capitalising on the success of Star Wars, George Lucas released The Empire Strikes Back (1980) directed by Irvin Kershner, it went on to become one of the most critically and commercially successful sequels of all time.

​To round off the original trilogy, The Return of the Jedi debuted in early summer of 1983. To many this was the weakest of the three original movies. It's actually the movie I probably know the best, given that I was 7 years of age when I saw it at the cinema. I have a soft spot for this installment but can see on reflection that the first two episodes were better. As we all know the original trilogy received in 1997 the "Special Edition" makeover and theatrical release. Which was an ominous sign of what was to come.

​Then in 1999, it all went horribly wrong. George Lucas decided to revisit his beloved universe to tell the story of how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. This is the one thing above all else that Star Wars fans wanted to see,  having grown up with the original trilogy. The problem was, well you know what the problem was, in a nutshell they were awful. (Episode I - mind numbingly boring, with one good fight, Episode II - a 2 hour PS2 video game and Episode III - the best of the prequels but still a huge misfire). So much has been written and said about the prequels that we pretty much know it all. Suffice to say they are to the Star Wars universe what Indiana Jones and Crystal Skull ​is to the Indiana Jones franchise.

​Anyway fast forward to 2015 and we have Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Set 30 years after the events of ROTJ, very little was known about the movie before it's release. We were however treated to some of the best trailers in the last decade (Especially the full trailer) offering a more physical, grounded look in the same vein as the original movies. Couple that with the fact that the original cast were asked back. To top all that off, the reins had been well and truly prized out of the hands of Lucas and handed over to J.J Abrams, Hollywood's go-to-guy for Sci-fi remakes (Star Trek, 2009). All this helped redefine the word "Expectation".

​So will 2015 be known as the year we finally got a new Star Wars movie worthy of the original trilogy, or shall we cock the trigger like it's 1999?

Well it's safe to say you can keep your gun (or blaster in this case) firmly in it's holster. Star Wars is back. The Force Awakens makes the prequels feel like nothing more than a bad dream. Gone is the wooden acting and over CGI'd environments. This is how Star Wars was always meant to look. Physical, dirty and real.

The following is my thoughts on the movie. This is without delving into elements of the plot, which I refuse to do as you need to experience this movie for yourself. However, suffice to say I will do my best.

Let's start off with the cast. Finally after the prequels, here we have a central cast who we can actually empathise with and whose causes we can get behind. The newcomers are excellent, Daisy Ridley as scavenger Rey in particular stands out as the one to watch. John Boyega equally acquits himself extremely well crafting a very likeable and funny character in Finn. Oscar Isaac who's star was already on the rise regardless of Star Wars is superb as X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron. All three show that this new central trio will provide a solid base for a new chapter in this long running saga.

The dark side is equally well represented, Adam Driver impresses as Kylo Ren, a character whose raison d'être is cleverly revealed throughout the movie. As for the returning actors, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, they slip back into their iconic roles with consummate ease. In the case of Harrison Ford as Han Solo (Who has the largest returning part) I really had a sense of watching Han Solo once more and not Harrison Ford playing a caricature of an old role, which I did for Indy in Crystal Skull. Thanks to the script and chemistry between all on screen, old and new stars naturally gelled with each other.

So as I say I won't say anything about the plot, but I will say it really feels like a Star Wars movie. Deftly intertwining different characters, stories and locations à la Star Wars, Empire and Jedi. The movie also looks and sounds great and it was brilliant to see the trademark screen wipes being used to good effect.

As I mentioned at the start of my review, this new chapter has a very real feeling to it. This is thanks to Abrams et al. in deciding to employ physical effects over digital, and it pays off in spades. It really made me feel I was back in the same universe as I had last seen on the big screen as a 7 year old boy, as opposed to the three video games directed by George Lucas. The whole tone of the movie as well is very "Real world" meaning that elements of the force (Especially the dark side) when used felt real and sometimes shocking to watch. This is not to say CGI is not used, it is and it is used incredibly well and organically fits in with the physical elements of the movie.

The Force Awakens thankfully is also genuinely funny. Lawrence Kasdan's script is peppered with really great lines that put the forced and flat humour of the prequels to shame. The fact that this movie was written by the same man as The Empire Strikes Back means that fans of the original movies will enjoy the references to previous adventures as well as keeping a new generation of movie goers entertained as well. 

The movie is not without it's issues. Some points in the movie as well were predictable. It pays homage to the old movies which it was always going to, but at times it felt that some scenarios and scenes were literally lifted off the pages of the script of the original movies, especially Star Wars itself. The movie does happen at a fast pace, as Abrams had 30 years of history to cram into a movie that was only 2 hours 15 mins, an extra 15 minutes would have helped to serve a few back stories and fleshed out the characters.

On a casting point, there are a few misfires. Domhnall Gleeson's portrayal of a character called General Hux I felt was little OTT and lacked the gravitas the role required. No offence to the actor but his role called for an older actor. Also, with the introduction of the franchises loveable new droid BB-8, our trusty duo are left a little sidelined. Finally at least on first viewing I felt the score by John Williams was good with some iconic themes weaving in and out, but did not find that it stood out as as score in its own right. It's perhaps that I was wrapped up in what was unfolding on screen but I left it lacked it's own signature tune.
But these issues do not detract from the fact this is a fantastic movie and by the end you had to prize me away from a galaxy far, far away. Roll on Episode VIII, 2017 cannot come soon enough! 

My Rating 

Star Wars The Force Awakens is a rousing return to form for a franchise that was nearly killed by it's creator. It is a thrilling slice of cinematic filmmaking that did not disappoint. Finally we have a movie that fans of my age and above can be proud to call a Star Wars movie, whilst entertaining the hell out of today's generation. The movie proves that once again "Old School" is best.

So treat yourself this Christmas and get ready for the ride of the year, "Chewy, we're home".

Star Wars The Force Awakens Review by Carleton Rutter

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Trailer

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.  Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Eddie The Eagle - Trailer

Eddie the Eagle follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael Edwards (a.k.a Eddie), and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. Eddie the Eagle is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.

Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) stars as Eddie and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) as coach Bronson Peary. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith) and produced by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) alongside Adam Bohling, David Reid, Valerie Van Galder and Rupert Maconick.

Eddie the Eagle is joined by a supporting cast that includes Jo Hartley (‘This Is England’), Tim McInnerny (‘Blackadder’), Keith Allen (‘Robin Hood’), Iris Berban (‘Rosa Roth’) and Rune Temte (‘The Last Kingdom’), Christopher Walken (‘Catch Me If You Can’) and Jim Broadbent (‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’).

Eddie the Eagle will be released in the UK & Ireland by Lionsgate Films.

Monday 14 December 2015

Star Trek Beyond | Trailer #1 | Paramount Pictures UK

UK cinemas on July 22, 2016


Independence Day: Resurgence | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

In Theaters - June 24, 2016

Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward

Directed by Roland Emmerich

Sunday 13 December 2015

Competition: Win Rise Of The Footsoldier: Parts I & II on DVD

Rise Of The Footsoldier: Parts I & II Boxset will be released on DVD on 26th December and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 1 copy on DVD to give away, and 3 copies of Rise Of The Footsoldier Part 2 DVD to give away to 3 runners up!

One of the most feared men in home entertainment history is making his long awaited return to the streets of Essex when RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER 2 is released in cinemas in late December and on demand and Blu-ray and DVD from December 26th courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Reintroducing loyal fans to the tortured Carlton Leech (Ricci Harnett – The Rise And Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan, 28 Days Later), we pick up with our hero a shadow of his former self following the murder of three Essex gang members who were also his close friends. Self-medicating on drugs and booze to dull the pain – and amidst ongoing fears of further retribution – Carlton must nevertheless fight to regain his place in the criminal underworld until circumstances conspire to place him at the heart of what might just become his final job.

RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER 2 also features legendary actor Steven Berkoff (Rambo, A Clockwork Orange) Luke Mably (28 Days Later, The Prince and Me), Daniel Adegboyega (Skyfall, The Gunman), Joshua Osei (Ill Manors, Vendetta), and Jonathan Harden (Five Minutes of Heaven, 50 Dead Men Walking) to round off a fearsome cast.

Accept no imitations and prepare yourself for action of the most brutal order when as RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER 2 muscles into your life this December.

Win This:
Rise Of The Footsoldier: Parts I & II [DVD]
3 Runner ups get
Rise Of The Footsoldier: Part II [DVD]

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Friday 11 December 2015

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

In Theaters - May 27, 2016

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy

Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens IMAX® Behind The Frame featurette

The new IMAX Behind-the-Frame featurette takes you behind-the-scenes to see how IMAX cameras were used to put Star Wars fans into the centre of the action like never before. The featurette provides exclusive commentary from Director J.J. Abrams and the Star Wars cast – including Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie, and Adam Driver.

On December 17, the latest installment in the world-renowned series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will hit theatres and the only way that fans can truly become part of the action is by experiencing it in IMAX® 3D.

Director J.J. Abrams commented: “That feeling of going to the movies and having a fully immersive, powerful, high-quality presentation of the film is something that is more valuable than ever and I think IMAX stands for that. When you go to see a movie in that format you know you are going to get something that is the best version of going out to the movies.”

Abrams shot key sequences of Star Wars: The Force Awakens using IMAX cameras - the highest-resolution cameras in the world. Only in IMAX theatres will these sequences expand vertically to fill the entire screen with breathtaking image quality for a truly immersive experience.

About Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.

The IMAX release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

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Thursday 10 December 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Trailer (2016)

Watch the trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows! Coming to theatres and Real D 3D June 3, 2016.

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Laura Linney, Sheamus, and Gary Anthony Williams

Director: David Green

Producers: Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Galen Walker and Scott Mednick

Writers: Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec

Star Wars: The Force Awakens China Trailer (New Footage)

The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, where the Rebel Alliance and the Empire have become the Resistance and the First Order, respectively, and follows new leads Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films.

The Legend of Tarzan - teaser trailer & poster

Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, John Hurt and Djimon Hounsou, and directed by David Yates

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side.  Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz).  But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

Wednesday 9 December 2015

The BFG Teaser Trailer (2016) Disney

Release Date: 1 July 2016
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Roald Dahl, Melissa Mathison
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement

Tells the story of Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton), and The BFG (Mark Rylance) who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.

Glasgow Youth Film Festival announce 2016 programme

Glasgow Youth Film Festival, the only film festival in Europe curated by 15-18 year olds, today announced its 2016 programme. The festival, which runs from 12-15 February 2016, kicks off with a surprising big-league opening gala choice in Puritan supernatural chiller and Sundance favourite The Witch, starring Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), who will introduce the Opening Gala, and will close with a special screening of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, amid a specially-created atmospheric set at supercool converted church St Luke’s. Sandwiched in between is a weekend devoted to contemporary depictions of teenage life from Europe, North America and Japan, in a weekend-long programme that this year has been designed to showcase young, first-time feature filmmakers from all over the world.

80% of those new films are by first-time feature directors, spanning themes with huge relevance to young people – first love, peer pressure, struggles with identity and generational conflict. A number of those directors will be coming to Scotland for the festival for Q&As with the audience afterwards. An impressive 60% of the new films in this year’s programme are UK premieres, which is a huge pull for the young programming team.

 The GYFF Youth Programming Team are also delighted to offer Glasgow audiences early chances to catch When Marnie Was There, the eagerly-awaited newest – and last ever –release from Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli, and Cronies, which sees Spike Lee protégé Michael J. Larnell showcase his first feature film to global critical acclaim. As ever, there’s also a chance to catch a teen favourite from days gone by – this year’s GYFF Late Night Classic is Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Put together by a team of teenagers united by a love of cinema, GYFF16 also offers talks and discussion panels offering assistance to young people considering careers in film and television. This year’s programme includes a discussion with casting director Lenny Mullan (Neds, The Magdalene Sisters) and actor Conor McCarron (Neds, Catch Me Daddy), a class in special effects makeup and prosthetics by industry pioneers SFX makeup (Harry Potter, Doctor Who) a documentary film panel, and an all-day short filmmaking workshop, and a programme of Ted Talks to be announced. Tickets on sale on Thursday 10 December.

Unless otherwise stated, all screenings are at Glasgow Film Theatre

Opening Gala: The Witch
Debut director | Fri 12 Feb, 8.40pm
A Puritan family living in 17th century New England is torn apart when their new-born baby disappears and their daughter is accused of witchcraft.  A deeply unsettling and visually compelling horror, The Witch is a terrifying tale of black magic, paranoia and religious hysteria.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with star Kate Dickie.

Late Night Classic: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Fri 12 Feb, 11pm
Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan (together, they are WYLD STALLYNS; you might have heard of them) hop in a time-travelling phone booth to research their school history report. Tune up your air guitars for a raucous night hanging with history: everyone from So-crates to Sigmund Freud.

GMAC Film: Exploring Sound
Sat 13 Feb, 11,45am Free but ticketed. Tickets available from GFT Box Office on the day; max 2 per person.            
George Lucas famously said ‘sound is 50 percent of the movie-going experience’. Join us as GMAC Film’s 16-19 year old BFI Film Academy participants take you on a journey into sound. This will be followed by the premiere of their short film. In partnership with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Kill Me Please
UK premiere, debut director | Sat 13 Feb, 1.30pm
Set at an exclusive high school in Rio de Janeiro, fifteen-year-old Bia and her group of girlfriends gossip about a local serial killer, shop, play volleyball, and dress in designer clothes. As more bodies appear, Bia’s morbid fascination with the crimes and the victims swiftly turns to obsession.

UK premiere, debut director | Sat 13 Feb, 4pm
Seventeen-year-old Ayoub is a Moroccan-Dutch teenager hanging out with his friends and fantasizing about Laura, a beautiful girl who lives on the estate. Will he be lured by the temptations of crime and violence in order to win her love?

Scottish premiere, debut director | Sat 13 Feb, 6pm
The debut feature from Michael J. Larnell, a student of Spike Lee, is a naturalistic take on the complexities of male friendship. Set against the backdrop of a hazy Missouri summer, Cronies spans a period of 24 hours where it seems almost anything can happen.

Der Nachtmahr
Scottish premiere, debut director | Sat 13 Feb, 8.25pm
Seventeen-year-old Tina has been partying hard with her friends. After one too many comedowns she’s in a fragile mental state that manifests itself in a strange creature. Set in Berlin’s rave scene, Der Nachtmahr is a disorientating ride, written and directed by artist/filmmaker Akiz. Supported by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow

UK premiere, debut director | Sun 14 Feb, 12.45pm
First-time director Saskia Diesing tells the story of sixteen year old Nena, whose first taste of true love is rocked by her father, a multiple sclerosis sufferer, attempting suicide. A truly unconventional coming-of-age story.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Saskia Diesing.

When Marnie Was There
Scottish premiere | Sun 14 Feb, 3.25pm
A young girl sent to the countryside to recuperate becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and the girl who may live inside. Adapted from Joan G. Robinson's classic children's novel, this eagerly-awaited supernatural drama is the final film made by legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli.    

Sleeping Giant
UK premiere, debut director | Sun 14 Feb, 5.25pm
Teenager Adam is spending summer with his family when he meets anarchic cousins Riley and Nate, who lure him into the deep end of adventure and rebellion. An atmospheric and engaging first-time feature by Andrew Cividino.

Closing Gala: Edward Scissorhands
St Luke’s Music & Arts Venue, Bain St, Glasgow | Sun 14 Feb, 8pm
Arguably Tim Burton’s masterpiece, Edward Scissorhands tells the story of a blade-handed boy raised in isolation, plunged into the gossip-riven, candy-coloured world of suburbia. This spectacular closing event turns new venue St Luke’s into an atmospheric screening space straight out of Burton’s wildest dreams…

King Jack 
Scottish premiere, debut director | Sun 14 Feb, 5.25pm
Fifteen-year-old delinquent Jack is stuck babysitting his younger cousin when they come head-to-head with the local bully. Packed with punch, King Jack is the tough and tender story of an underdog and his quest for a normal life.

The Final Girls
UK theatrical premiere | Mon 15 Feb, 8.30pm
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s homage to the teen slasher film with Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries). A group of teenagers find themselves pulled into the silver screen where they must apply their horror movie knowledge to help them survive.

Paul Hyett begins shooting HERETIKS

PAUL HYETT (Director of HOWL and THE SEASONING HOUSE) has begun principal photography on the chilling supernatural horror film HERETIKS

Set during the 17th Century, a young woman is saved from execution and led to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within.

Michael Ironside (Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Scanners, etc), three-time Olivier winner Clare Higgins (Hellraiser, Hellbound,The Golden Compass) and Hannah Arterton (Walking On Sunshine) star in this atmospheric horror/chiller currently shooting in Wales.

Director and co-writer Paul Hyett: “Being a lover of classic British horror for years I’ve been wanting to give a classic period tale a modern, harder, stylish edge. Heretiks is the perfect vehicle to do this. It’s both a richly-layered medieval character piece and a wonderful chance to showcase the latest in visual effects and contemporary cinematography while being blessed with some of my favourite actors”.

Producer Michael Riley: “Paul and I have known each other for years and having recently collaborated successfully on The Seasoning House (and still actually speaking to each other) I wouldn’t want to miss helping to bring his extraordinary vision to life”.

Producer Marcia Do Vales: “I have no doubt that Heretiks will be one of the most thrillingly entertaining and downright creepy movies of 2016. The script has twists and turns that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats all the way to the closing credits. It's been a real privilege to work with Paul Hyett, Michael Riley and Templeheart Films on a production that promises to set a new benchmark for the genre.”

The movie will be executive produced by Lyndon Baldock (Templeheart Films) and Gary Collins (Red Rock Entertainment) and produced by Marcia Do Vales (EnMar Productions) & Michael Riley (Sterling Pictures) for delivery in 2016.

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Competition: Win Paper Towns on Blu-ray

Paper Towns will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 14th December and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on Blu-ray to give away!

Adapted from the best-selling novel by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green comes this unforgettable film starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne. Ever since they were children, Quentin (Wolff) has been in love with his enigmatic neighbour Margo (Delevingne). So when Margo recruits Quentin for a prank-filled night of adventure, Quentin leaps at the opportunity. But the next day, Margo suddenly disappears, leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. When he goes on an epic road trip to find her, Quentin ultimately learns the true meaning of love and friendship.

Blu-ray extra features:
• Deleted Scenes - with Commentary • Alternate Scene • Paper Towns: The Making Of • John and Nat: Lightning Round • John and Cara: Lightning Round • Gag Reel • Promotional Featurettes: Van Chats • Commentary by Jake Schreier and John Green • Stills Gallery

Win This:
Paper Towns [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]

To enter all you have to do is answer this easy question...

Competition Closed

Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Commuters Take on Mission Impossible Stunt at Victoria Station

The Explosive $650M+ Worldwide Blockbuster Releases on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 7th 2015 Out now on Digital HD  

LONDON, UK – To celebrate the Blu-ray & DVD release of the global hit MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—ROGUE NATION on December 7th 2015, from Paramount Home Media Distribution, commuters and passersby had the chance to relive the jaw dropping opening scene from the worldwide blockbuster film, by participating in a virtual reality experience at London’s Victoria station.

Donning an Oculus Rift headset, onlookers were strapped in to a harness and hoisted in to the air, grabbing the side of an airplane structure with a wind machine blowing at them full force. Passersby got to experience the jaw-dropping scene from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—ROGUE NATION, where Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) clings on to the side of an aircraft as it takes off from the runway.

Filmed by JCDecaux, catch commuters in action as they experience the adrenaline of what it’s like to be Ethan Hunt for a day:   

Presented by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UK), the global hit MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION is full of nail-biting sequences and sees Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames return to their iconic roles.

With his elite organisation shut down by the CIA, agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team (Renner, Pegg, Rhames) race against time to stop the rise of a new global threat, The Syndicate, a dangerous network of rogue operatives turned traitors.  To stop them, Ethan must join forces with an elusive, disavowed agent (Ferguson) who may or may not be on his side as he faces his most impossible mission yet.

Buy from Amazon:
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation [DVD]
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation [Blu-ray]